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British Army’s Lynx officially retired

18th January 2018 - 09:01 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The British Army has officially retired its Lynx helicopter fleet after almost 40 years in service, the army announced on 16 January.

Lynx entered into service in 1978 as a primary battlefield utility helicopter and has been utilised to destroy tanks, gather intelligence, medical evacuation and provide humanitarian support.

During its career, the helicopter supported British troops on active service in Bosnia, Kuwait, Afghanistan and Sierra Leone.

To mark the end of the aircraft’s decommisioning from the British Army fleet, the Army Air Corps will fly five of the last remaining Lynx airframes from RAF Odiham in Hampshire on a commemorative tour around England. The flight will culminate in a V5 air procession along the length of the River Thames over Central London.

Lynx is being replaced by the AW159 Wildcat in British service.

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